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'Probate' is a term commonly used when talking about applying for the right to deal with a deceased person's affairs. It's sometimes called 'administering the estate'. This page contains information about what to expect if a loved one's estate is in probate.
If you require a copy of a will for Legal Reasons, Family Disputes, Genealogy Research or simple curiosity? From our web site you can quickly and easily request a search to be made of the Probate Registers and obtain a copy of any Will that has been probated within England & Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland from January 1858 up to the present day .
We access to indexes relating to all Probate records for the whole of England & Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland from 11 January 1858 up to the present day. You may apply for a copy of any proved Will, as well as a copy of the Grant of Representation. The Grant will tell you who were the Executors or Administrators (those appointed to gather in and distribute the estate). It may also tell you the name of the Solicitor acting for them (if any) and the value of the estate, although usually only in very broad terms. The financial summary shown on the Grant is the only information relating to the estate that the Probate record contains. No inventory or estate accounts are available.
A Copy of a Will becomes a public document once probate is issued. Probate is the legal term given to the process that is followed after someone has died. For example, it will be required to sell a property, or collect money from a bank. The Probate ocument will be issued to the Executor(s) named in the Will. In most cases probate takes between 3-9 months to obtain so it is important that you are aware of this.
If probate has been issued you will receive via e-mail a copy of the will and the grant of probate issued by the probate registry. These documents contain a number of important pieces of information in so far as they will show :-
If no will exists, you receive a document called the a Grant of Letters of Administration which contains all the information above except a copy of a will.
If a Grant of Probate was not required, then a Copy of a Will is not registered or made available as a public record.
A Grant of Probate is not normally required if:-
When somebody dies the Executor has to collect in and administer the deceased person’s estate. In order to get the authority to do this, an application to the probate registry for a grant of probate is required. Once the Grant of Probate is issued then the Executor can collect in and administer the deceased person’s estate. For example, a bank would need to see a grant of probate before any money held by the deceased would be released.
The grant of probate shows a number of things including :-
When somebody dies without a will there are rules which set out an order of entitlement as to who inherits the deceased person’s estate.
As there is no will, there are no Executors and therefore the task of administering the estate is undertaken by the administrators, who instead of applying for a grant of probate have to apply for what is known as a Grant of Letters of Administration.
The grant of Letters of Administration then enables the Administrators to collect in and administer the Deceased persons estate, in the same way as a grant of probate.
The letters of administration show:-
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